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Why So Grim About Im the Dim?

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What is it about Imran Khan that rankles? Let’s not pretend that it doesn’t. No politician in Pakistan has faced the sort of scrutiny and ridicule that Imran has gotten over the past decade. I’ll be the first to admit to this – the internet is littered with my haughty proclamations against Mr. Khan. It was only last year, after ... Read More »

Shahid’s Images of the Week

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This is the seventh post in a(n almost) weekly series wherein I will post images, memes et. al selected from the Pakistani Internets (Forums, Blogs, Facebook Pages etc). The main story this time is Shahzad Roy and his ‘contentious’ remarks on a Geo TV show. For scrolling through the gallery, just click on the current image and the image preview ... Read More »

Calling an Election, Part II: Questions on Urban Voting in Pakistan

Assemblies are due to be dissolved in 10 days

(As a follow up to my first post on electoral surveying, this second, and admittedly long overdue, piece focuses on pre-election reportage and some questions regarding urban elections in Pakistan.) In the late 90s, Andrew Wilder wrote that the vast majority of electoral coverage, both in the vernacular and the English press, tends to focus on biraderi dominated voting blocs, ... Read More »

Shahid’s Images of the Week

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This is the sixth post in a(n almost) weekly series wherein I will post images, memes et. al selected from the Pakistani Internets (Forums, Blogs, Facebook Pages etc). A top feature this time is personal attack posts, which seem to have increased in numbers as the election approaches. There were a lot of them very, very below the belt, but ... Read More »

What’s up with the LeJ?

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I would start by stating on the onset that there is a lot that I don’t know. I won’t claim to know what I don’t know, or be certain that my hypothesis or a theory is correct. I similarly do not want to waste time re-hashing a ‘history of the LeJ’. You can read that here, here, here and here. I ... Read More »

Thinking aloud about measures to protect Hazara Shias

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With depressing inevitability, today saw another devastating attack against Hazara Shias in Quetta by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Some moments after blast…intensity was so high entire area almost flattened&fire broke out. v @hdpofficial #Quetta twitter.com/Aushpaz/status… — Haider Changezi (@Aushpaz) February 16, 2013   There is no doubt that a lack of political will has a great deal to do with the continuing threat ... Read More »

Calling an Election – Part I

PML-N and PTI score the highest approval ratings in the latest IRI poll

As things stand, Pakistan is only a couple of months away from a general election, which means there’s a lot more election related analysis in the national press these days. There was an IRI poll a few weeks back, and then Herald and SDPI launched their own election poll just last week. Both have different samples and fairly different methodologies, ... Read More »

Shahid’s Images of the Week

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This is the fifth post in a(n almost) weekly series wherein I will post images, memes et. al selected from the Pakistani Internets (Forums, Blogs, Facebook Pages etc). For scrolling through the gallery, just click on the current image and the image preview will slide over to the next image. Or you could select an image from the slider below, ... Read More »

Shahid’s Images of the Week

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This is the fourth post in a(n almost) weekly series wherein I will post images, memes et. al selected from the Pakistani Internets (Forums, Blogs, Facebook Pages etc). For scrolling through the gallery, just click on the current image and the image preview will slide over to the next image. Or you could select an image from the slider below, ... Read More »

Qadri’s Pantomime

Qadri's container parked outside his residence in Lahore (photo credit: Ali W. Hashmi)

Goes without saying, Tahir-ul-Qadri’s little pantomime in Islamabad certainly won’t be missed. We can sleep easy knowing that a severe lack of options compelled the powers-that-be to import a cartoon from Canada, put him in a container, and park him in Islamabad *hoping* that something would come of it.     Well, it didn’t.   For that, we can thank ... Read More »